Vegan French Toast

by Angela (Oh She Glows) on March 11, 2010

Top of the mornin’ to ya!

Despite my horrible sleep on Tuesday night, I slept like a log last night. 

Don’t you find that sleep after a bad night’s sleep is always so restorative and deep?

It’s the same with workouts the day after a rest day…they are always strong!

And don’t cravings for salads and fruit suddenly appear after a weekend of unhealthy fare?

Our bodies always find a way of balancing it all out! It is amazing when you think about it.

One of the best lessons I ever learned was to TRUST my body. My body is smart and so is yours. It knows how to function. The reason we get into trouble is that we start to second guess what our body is trying to tell us. We ignore that little voice that says, ‘Your leg just doesn’t feel right, you shouldn’t go for that run’ or ‘You are hungry and should eat more today.’

We are taught to ignore our bodies signals.

I talked briefly the other day about how my hunger that was off the wall. I felt like I had a hole in my stomach! In the past I would have ignored it and not allowed myself to eat more. This would often lead to a binge.

Now, if I am hungry I allow myself to eat more. I don’t binge anymore and I haven’t in probably 3 years. Sure, on occasion I still may overeat (I’m only human and I love food!!!), but I would take this any day over bingeing and the extreme guilt that comes with it.

Trusting my body seems so obvious to me now, but it was such a hard concept for me to learn after years of depriving myself.

Onward to my morning!

This morning I was up around 5:45am after a solid 7 hours sleep. After doing about 1.5 hours work on the computer with a warm cuppa, my body told me it needed food.

Vegan French Toast

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One food I thought I would never have again after going vegan is French toast. I came across a vegan French toast recipe and decided to give it a shot. This recipe is adapted from Vegan Coach. I was absolutely blown away by how similar this recipe tastes to the non-vegan version.

Ingredients:

  • 6 slices bread
  • 1 cup non-dairy milk
  • 2 Tablespoons silken tofu  (I used 1 tablespoon coconut butter instead)
  • 1 Tablespoons nutritional yeast
  • 1 tablespoon sucanat or brown sugar
  • 1 tsp. vanilla
  • 1/2 tsp. sea salt
  • 1/2 tsp. cinnamon
  • dash of nutmeg
  • EDITED to add: 1 banana!!!

Directions: Put all ingredients except bread into a blender and blend until smooth. Preheat a skillet with some oil (make sure to also use a non-stick pan!). Dip the slices of bread into the liquid mixture and then place onto the skillet. Cook on both sides until browned. Serve with fruit and pure maple syrup if desired. Serves 2-3.

The taste of the batter was fantastic! It reminded me a lot of regular French toast.

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Make sure you use a non-stick pan and oil it really well.

Or this will happen…doh!!

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I’m not sure if this was due to my pan or to the batter, but my French toast never got crispy on the outside. I haven’t had French toast in a long time, so I can’t remember if it is supposed to be crisp or not! Anyone? :)

It also may have been due to my substitution- I used coconut butter instead of silken tofu.

Regardless though, it tasted fabulous.

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I thought it was going to need maple syrup or some nut butter to go with it, but it was just perfect plain! Eric really enjoyed it too.

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Tea was had…

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We shared a big bowl of juicy cantaloupe:

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Kelly March 11, 2010 at 12:04 pm

I always have problems with my creations sticking to the pan- I guess I never use quite enough fat :)

This post about listening to your body came at a good time for me. I am having a day where I need a work out rest (it was supposed to be tomorrow but I’m taking it a day early because I am exhausted). But I ALSO have been starving all day. Double whammy. No workout and starving? I guess I just need a break :)

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Angela (Oh She Glows) March 11, 2010 at 12:13 pm

that happened to me the other day…no energy AND starving. It can be hard to accept but sometimes it just happens. I think it is hormonal!

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Trishelle (savoritall) March 11, 2010 at 12:28 pm

Mmm…. ANGELA! That vegan french toast looks amazing!!

And thanks for all your musings about listening to our bodies. I definitely have those days when I’m trying to weigh how tired I am, with how hungry I am, and if I’ll even get a good workout in and/or just end up hurting myself, etc. Some days our body just needs some rest, and other times it’s good to push through. Our bodies will definitely let us know.

Thanks for being such an inspiration!

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Anna @ Newlywed, Newly Veg March 11, 2010 at 12:38 pm

Mmmmm…I LURVE french toast…but I always forget about it, for some reason! Thanks for the reminder ;-)

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Christine (The Raw Project) March 11, 2010 at 12:38 pm

Have to agree on the french toast – looks great!

So true about listening to your body, something I’ve been working on and benefiting from a lot since going raw and re-vamping the reasons I eat healthy to total health and not just weight management.

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Katie March 11, 2010 at 12:53 pm

The French toast looks just like “regular” french toast. Every recipe I’ve seen has tofu, and I can’t do soy…may have to try with just bananas.

My hunger has been INSANE for the last few days. And, i am the same way with not wanting to eat more than I normally do, or at irregular times (I’m kind of type a over here). But a couple days ago, I just ate what my body was craving when I was hungry and I slept like a baby that night!

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Tina March 11, 2010 at 12:57 pm

I could not agree more that we need to listen to our bodies. They really do know what we need best. And I too didn’t overcome bingeing until I began to listen and feed it.

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lindsay March 11, 2010 at 1:40 pm

Ho weird. I slept horrible on Tuesday night as well. But last night I was a log! Today my allergies are killing me but I was able to get through a good workout which cleared them up. haha! I love this post on listening to your body. So true and much needed! I have to admite though, its easier said than done.

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Jess - The Domestic Vegan March 11, 2010 at 1:46 pm

That breakfast looks amazing! I love love love vegan French toast! I haven’t had cantaloupe for AGES & could really go for some right now…

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Lauren March 11, 2010 at 2:06 pm

Hi Angela, I was just wondering where you purchase your chia seeds from. I can’t fin them where I live and some online sources seem do not seem reputable. Thanks

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Kelly March 11, 2010 at 2:29 pm

I have been trying for the last 3 years to make a good vegan french toast. It usually turns out soggy and I toss it in the garbage. I’ve pretty much given up on trying to make one that resembles the “real thing”. This last time I made sure my skillet was super hot before putting the pieces of bread on it. It worked better but the middle is still soggy. My husband thinks instead of dipping the bread I should use the pastry brush and brush the mixture on it.

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Angela (Oh She Glows) March 11, 2010 at 2:44 pm

I tooo was thinking of brushing on the batter next time!

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Christina March 11, 2010 at 3:52 pm

I prefer french toast that is crunchy on the outside too! That’s how I make it at home, but when we go out for breakfast all the diners make them soft. I guess a lot of people prefer their frech toast soft?

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Lisa (bakebikeblog) March 11, 2010 at 3:56 pm

What great looking vegan French Toast! You have given me an idea for a weekend breakfast – love it : )

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*Andrea* March 11, 2010 at 5:22 pm

you are so creative in the kitchen! love this recipe! looks divine. you’re right about the body… it sure knows what it wants ;)

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Mo @ Mommy RD March 11, 2010 at 5:42 pm

Like you, I did not trust my body for the longest time. (I had trust issues in general,) I’m still in amazement on how it really tells you what it needs – we just need to listen.

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Meg's Gut March 11, 2010 at 7:38 pm

yum yum yum!

i love french toast!
that cantaloupe also looks amazing.

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Katie March 11, 2010 at 7:54 pm

Your post was so inspirational to me today. I am recovering from an eating disorder and allowing myself to be hungrier on certain days is a major challenge for me. Today I have been struggling with this and it was really fitting that I read your post. Thank you!

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liane March 11, 2010 at 9:51 pm

When you decided to adapt your diet to a vegan one, did you start slowly, adjusting in stages?
For instance, from a diet with meat, to a vegetarian one?
Or did you just one day clean house (so to speak) and start fresh as a vegan?

I’ve been slowly adapting my diet, eliminating meats (still eating fish though right now), the thought of going completely vegetarian and ultimately vegan is still kind of overwhelming!

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Ashley N. March 11, 2010 at 9:58 pm

Oh my goodness! Where did you get your teacup? I LOVE it! I have just recently started reading your site, and I had to submit my first comment when I saw that teacup.

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Jolene March 11, 2010 at 11:52 pm

Mmmm, vegan French toast sounds excellent!! It looks just like the real deal too :-)

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[email protected] March 12, 2010 at 12:39 am

I’m totally with you on the no binging thing….I went through a very traumatic thing in my life 2.5 years ago and for a full year I would binge for a whole weekend (drinking included) and then try to barely eat during the week….I actually gained 10 lbs (I was a college athlete and working out 4 hrs a day) that year which is a lot for volleyball! It is a great feeling to be able to control everything now…I allow myself to eat, and sometimes I will overeat like you but never anything like binging

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Kristin (Cook, Bake and Nibble) March 12, 2010 at 8:16 am

That vegan french toast looks delish!! I used to be the same way… feeling so hungry would lead to a binge. Now, I do the same you do- I EAT MORE. It sounds so simple, but at that point in my life… it wasn’t. I kept trying and trying to deny the hunger. Now, I don’t deny hunger! If I am hungry, it means my body wants food!!

xo
K

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Amanda March 12, 2010 at 9:13 pm

I know its not French toast but I used Gena’s banana soft serve and added some strawberry-pineapple pulp from my juice today and used it to top some toasted Ezekiel bread. Wonderful!

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Allison March 13, 2010 at 12:51 am

Hi Angela-

I’ve had problems with vegan pancakes and waffles sticking to the pan when I add fruit. It could be the fruit sugar in the banana that caused the sticking. It’s totally worth it, though- what’s breakfast without banana?! :-)

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Mo March 15, 2010 at 5:20 pm

I was trying to figure out why mine burned and REALLY stuck to the pan. I used plenty of Earth Balance and I had a non-stick pan and it was still a disaster. I think that you might be right about the banana, so I am going to omit it the next time. I’ll just eat it on the side :)

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Mel December 26, 2012 at 8:00 am

I had a major craving for french toast over the holiday, so of course the first thing I googled was “oh she glows french toast” because I knew if you had a recipe for it it would be great! I left out the tofu and nutritional yeast (couldnt find silken tofu and my closest grocery store and not a huge fan of nutritional yeast in general) and it was just delicious! Thanks for helping me satisfy my craving :)

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Mel December 26, 2012 at 8:02 am

*at my closest grocery store, not “and”

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Kelly December 21, 2013 at 9:27 am

Thank you for this recipe! My family is vegan and I made French toast for the first time for my boys today (ages 3 and 16 months). They gobbled it up!

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Diana Spurgeon August 31, 2014 at 7:11 pm

Tried this today and it was a big hit with my 4 and 6 year old as well as my non-plant based hubby. I don’t own any nonstick pans, so it took me a few rounds to get the oil/heat combo right so that I didn’t have a sticky burnt mess, but eventually I got it to turn out great! I also added a little ground chia seed part way through because my batter was runny. The chia helped gel it into more of a batter consistency.

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Katherine December 20, 2014 at 12:55 pm

This got the tofu-hating partner’s seal of approval (as do most of your recipes!)

Just like the non-vegan version, but delightfully lighter.

(I omitted the banana, due to a banana shortage in my kitchen.)

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Linda Sapp March 7, 2015 at 10:38 am

I just now found your exciting website and think you are great. I’m not sure I’m quite ready for a complete menu such as yours but I really do love a lot of your recipes. I also love veggies and some of your salad dressings sound fantastic.
I was anxious to read about your vegan French toast and would like to make a suggestion to you and also to any readers who make French toast of any kind using any ingredients. When I make mine, I always actually toast the bread before I dunk it (or immerse it) in the sauce, whatever kind of sauce you prefer whether it be for regular or vegan French Toast. That way the bread isn’t as soggy as when you just dip the plain bread. Try it and see if it doesn’t improve your French Toast. Happy Eating!

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Becky February 26, 2017 at 7:40 am

Made these and they were very good.

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